Updated: 4 days ago
It is with deep sadness that the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member and Past President George Lamphere. George was a staple in our department, faithfully serving the community he loved for 52 years. For 40 of those years, George served in key leadership positions within the department, including Vice President (1982-1983), President (1984-1999), and Trustee (2000-2022). As an active firefighter for most of his career, he eventually transitioned to become an apparatus driver. Even into his 80s, George was still one of our most active responders, answering alarms at all hours of the day or night to ensure trucks hit the street to help those in need.
During his time holding a variety of leadership positions, George led us with a calm, steady hand. Widely respected throughout the department, George made sure to engage each and every member. Never allowing himself to become out of touch, George always embraced the youth and newer membership, who in turn deeply admired and respected him for his contributions and guidance as a mentor and leader. His participation as one of the individuals responsible for starting our junior program highlighted his focus on the development of future generations of the department.
When not running meetings or responding to calls, George enjoyed watching Philadelphia sports and playing golf with his fellow firemen.
George was a staple of our institution and we will never replace that void, but only honor his legacy. His leadership has shaped the organization we are today. Our thoughts are with his wife Jean, and the entire Lamphere family during this difficult time.